Briefly informed: wind power, soft robots, astronomy, computer game prize

Increasing the targets for the expansion of wind power at sea and on land entails further infrastructural measures. This is shown by a current preliminary analysis of a study by Deutsche WindGuard GmbH. This was commissioned by the Lower Saxony Seaports and Lower Saxony Ports working group. Accordingly, the seaports of Lower Saxony will soon need more space for the handling of wind power components. In addition to the additional port areas, quays as well as the port entrances and the hinterland connections are also the subject of further investigations. In view of the long planning, approval and implementation periods, appropriate steps would have to be taken quickly.

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A research team from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology has developed a soft robot with sensory legs that can map brain activity inside the human skull. The researchers want to minimize the risk, for example of patients with epilepsy and other neurological disorders, that conventional brain mapping methods entail. For this, a hole must be cut into the skull that is the same size as the sensor surface. The concept of the soft robot envisages drilling a hole in the skull that is only about one square centimeter in size. As soon as the robot, which is around 2 cm long, is introduced, it unfolds its up to six sensor legs. The researchers assume that the leg length can be extended to 8 to 10 cm and the sensor field can be enlarged without having to cut a larger hole in the skull.

Astronomers have observed the largest known explosion in the universe. It has been going on for three years and is taking place in a galaxy 8 billion light-years away, according to the University of Southampton, which led the analysis now presented. The researchers therefore assume that it is the result of a gigantic gas cloud that is torn apart by a supermassive black hole. In doing so, shock waves would race through the rest of the cloud, causing it to glow. Such events are extremely rare, so far nothing of this magnitude has been observed.

“Chained Echoes” was honored as the best German game at the German Computer Game Prize 2023. The retro role-playing game from the isometric perspective, with its turn-based battles, is reminiscent of classic models from the SNES era such as “Secret of Mana” or “Chrono Trigger”. “Chained Echoes”, which is recommended by a strong 90 percent of buyers on Steam, was developed by a single person: Matthias Linda can look forward to prize money of 100,000 euros.


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